Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers massive radiation exposure in his laboratory that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.
|Release Date||:||June 19, 2003|
|Genres||:||Drama, Action, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Universal Pictures, Good Machine, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Marvel Enterprises|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Ang Lee, Ian O'Connor, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Artist W. Robinson, Deanna Stadler|
|Writers||:||Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, James Schamus, John Turman, Michael France, James Schamus, Jerry Bingham|
|Casts||:||Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte, Paul Kersey, Cara Buono, Stan Lee, Todd Tesen, Celia Weston, Mike Erwin, Lou Ferrigno, Regi Davis, Craig Damon, Daniel Dae Kim, Jesse Corti, Toni Kallen, Kevin Rankin|
|Plot Keywords||:||california, san francisco, monster, general, gun, dna, mutation, psychology, berkeley, transformation, frog, president, superhero, based on comic, golden gate bridge, doctor, fear, scientist, dog, desert, anger, mirror, phone, military, cell, hulk, superhuman strength, repressed memory, repression|
"Hulk" is a film which is widely considered a failure, both financially and artistically. Yet in the latter category this movie has a lot on offer: masterful editing, good acting and the direction of a true master.
What Ang Lee has tried to achieve, namely merging the pulp-story of the Hulk with the scale and drama of a Greek tragedy has been well achieved. The scope of the story and its effects on the characters are only to be taken seriously on a truly grand scale, and by supplying the protagonists with interwoven back-stories Lee and his screenwriters are making it clear that this is not to be seen as a realistic story, but an epic metaphor.
Special kudos goes to Timothy Squyres, who does one marvelous job of creating an editing similar to a comic's design. This pays tribute to the source material's pulp origins as well making an impressive visual statement. "Hulk" looks and feels like no other film, which makes it one of the most interesting, if not one of the best comic- adaptations of all time.
The crux is that this movie does not know who it's aimed at. The intellectual Ang Lee- connoisseur picks his nose when it comes to the Hulk, simply due to its humble roots, while the average popcorn-cinema-goer is slightly irritated when confronted with the films "odd" approach to comic-movies. This means that only viewers which are a bit of both can truly appreciate this masterpiece.
All the other elements for a good piece of entertainment are there and present: Eric Bana is, as usual, fine as the tormented soul which manifests itself in green rage, Jennifer Connelly is as solid as ever and Nick Nolte steals the show with what is a truly weird turn as Bruce Banner's/the Hulk's dad. The visual effects are beautifully executed as well. There is not much left to be desired.
It's a pity such an interesting and brave film gets a rating of slightly above 6 at IMDb.